CHURCH HISTORY

Shiloh is an example of a modern-day miracle in progress, enclosed in a vision, planted in faith and harvested in obedience.


Every blessing will not be stated because time will not permit. We proclaim that God's goodness and favor have been extended abundantly toward us. Let us now enjoy a snapshot of these stones of remembrance.


* 1918 - 1935 - Reverend C. J. Hines called and served as the first Pastor for 17 years.


* 1935 - 1962 - Reverend N. N. Napper called and served for 27 years.


* Church moved from on the hill north of Largo to Baskins.


* 1962 - Original church torn down and Gulf Coast Lodge #181 lays a cornerstone for the new church located at 13001 116th Lane North, a few blocks away from where we are today.


* 1963 - 1972 - Reverend C. J. Long called and served as Pastor for 9 years.


* Under his leadership the new church building is dedicated.


* 1973 - 1995 - Reverend Louis Waddell called and serves as Pastor for 22 years


* 1979 - Under the leadership or Pastor Waddell, the church builds a new kitchen, dining room and bathrooms.


* 1981 - Cushioned seats installed on pews.


* 1983 - The church pays off mortgage on the church building on 116th Lane and Reverend

Waddell becomes full-time Pastor.


* 1984 – 1989 - Church renovations: painted church and parsonage, redecorated parsonage, kitchen & bathrooms installed telephones, installed new entrance doors & upholstered chairs.

  • Purchases made: mission stand, organ, new podium, office equipment & two new vans.

  • Membership growing over the years including 24 members added in 1989.


* 1990 - 9 members were added and 5 were reinstated.


* 1991–1993 - New roof on the parsonage and dining room; painted church interior, installed

ceiling fans, new carpet and new drapes.


* 1996 - Present - Reverend Willie D. McClendon, Jr. called to leadership and Shiloh's new

birth was born out of a vision given to him.


* 1996 - Approximately 125 members added to the church.


* April 1998 - A groundbreaking ceremony was held for our new church building.


* 1998 - 44 members were added and Minister Edward Hobson became Assistant Pastor and served for 4 years. We also purchased a new copy machine.


* 1996 - Present - Associate Ministers and Missionaries join or are called from the church

membership including:

Rev. Edward "Bebe" Hobson, Evangelist Cynthia Bell, Rev. Carlos Whiting, Elder Tish Bryant, Rev. John Crayton, Elder Oliver King, Sr., Rev. James Feazell, Jr., Minister Oliver King, Jr., Rev. Demetrius Lewis, Minister David Haynes, Chaplain Lester Bell, Minister Ed Dickey, Rev. Oliver Hill, Minister Adrian West, Sr., Rev. Trail Martin, Minister Lee Bostick, Mssy. Phyllis Crayton, Mssy. Maria Ganues, Mssy. Shaune Whiting, and Minister Willie Roundtree.


* 1999 - Mortgage for the property on which the new building would be built was paid off and 111 members were added.


* 2000 - 90 members added


* Sunday, July 23, 2003 - Dedication Service for our new church building.


* 2004 - Church began gathering member information data and photos for our first Church Directory issued to families in August 2004 - The church's outreach yields the creation of The Lord's Kitchen Food Outreach Ministry which began in March 2004 with a Celebration Worship service of Shiloh and First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks. First Baptist supported the ministry both financially and with manpower until it closed in June 2008 after feeding thousands of people both physically and spiritually.


The Lord has been blessing us and adding to the church enabling us for a number of years to conduct two Worship Services and Children's Church (7:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.) God ordained the birth of Shiloh and the years have made believers out of us. It hasn’t been easy, but it was worth it and the reward has not given to the strong nor the swift but to our Shiloh family, who will hold out to the end.


Pastor McClendon's vision is for Shiloh to be a church that “Mirrors the Image of Jesus Christ.” Loving God above everyone and everything else (1st Commandment; loving one another as Christ loves us; loving the lost as Christ loves them.


* 2005 - Our construction contractor was paid off in full for construction of the new church building and we added 40 members to our congregation. However, two deacons and seven members went home to be with the Lord. Colossians 1:16 states: "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or power: all things were created by him, and for him. Here at Shiloh “It’s all about Him.”


* 2006 - Through small group studies based on the Purpose Drive Life Campaign we experienced great spiritual growth and relationships. Reverend James Feazell, Jr. is ordained and appointed as Assistant Pastor. 54 members were added to our church family.  The 12 Step Christian Recovery ministry is established.


* 2006 - Shiloh becomes a founding member of "Faith and Action Strength Together (F.A.S.T.). Together with congregations from all over Pinellas County we have challenged local governments to heed the call to display justice.


* 2008 -– Present Blessings continue to abound…

  • Purchased new pews.

  • Purchased property on east side of church.

  • Blessed with 4 portable buildings to be used for the work of the church and the benefit of the community.

  • We went from two services to one service starting at 10:00 am. 

  • In recent years we have been blessed to have many Associate Ministers, Missionaries,

  • Deacons and Evangelist to serve our congregation.

  • Purchases: Baptism Pool, Picture Mirror on wall behind the choir and new mikes for Praise Service.

  • Dedicated southwest wing of the church building – Willie D. McClendon, Jr. Education Wing.


* 2009 - Currently Pastor McClendon is working diligently to get the church to experience God together, maintain God's ideal for an intimate love relationship and produce a renewed life in the spirit. Our church will continue to grow as we become more like Jesus in our spirituality and maturity. We are equipping our members to abide in God, hear and obey His word, bear fruit for the kingdom, grow and take on responsibility, get their lives together and become fulfilled and productive citizens of God's kingdom.


* 2013 - Purchased 3 new vans


Nobody can deny that God has brought us a long way. Thanks to you for your support and participation in the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and of Pastor McClendon. While some have gone from labor to reward, we are truly blessed by God, who has provided us with marvelous leaders and the resources to carry out our Christian responsibilities as we experience God together.


We give thanks to God and the Father, our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, praying always that we will know His peace, feel His love, trust in His hope, and experience His joy and rest. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)


As we stand on the shoulders of our forefathers and founders we give God thanks for them, their labor, and sacrifices. Thanks to all of you for laying a solid foundation. But more than that, we thank God for giving increase.


Sister Wanda McCawthan

Church Historian


In loving memory of our founders, fathers, mothers, members and loved ones.

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